Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shelf Life of Common Products

Hi all! I thought I would do a quick post on the shelf life of products! I know we all get a little "stock up" crazy when it comes to getting a great deal on a product, but what happens when we get so much of that product that we start to lose it before we can use it? Then, it's not such a good deal after all. I considered this one day as I look at my laundry detergent stockpile that's roughly 30 bottles strong at the moment! So I looked it up!!

Laundry Detergent: lasts 2 years from the manufacture date. It doesn't STOP working, but the ingredients start to separate and it doesn't work as well! I didn't know that!

Deodorant: lasts 2-3 years depending on the manufacturer!

Air Freshener/Aerosol: 2 years!

Bleach: 3-6 months!

Dish Detergent Liquid or Powder: 1 year!

Mr. Clean: 2 yrs!

Windex: 2 years!

Pledge: 2 years!

Bar Soap: 18 months-3 years!

Body Wash: 3 years!

Dipilatories (i.e. Nair, Veet) 6 months opened, 12 months unopened!

Body Lotion: 3 years!

Conditioner: 2-3 years!

Deodorant: unopened: 2 years, opened/used 1-2 years!

Eye Cream: unopened: 3 years, used 1 year.

Face Lotion: with SPF: will have an expiration date. All others 3 years or more.

Oil Based Foundation: 2 years

Water Based Foundation: 3 years

Hair Gel and Hair Spray: 2-3 years

Lip Balm: 5 years unopened, used 1-5 years

Lipstick: 2 years

Mascara: unopened: 2 years. Used 3-4 months

Mouthwash: 3 years from manufacture date

Nail Polish: 1 year

Nail Polish Remover: doesn't expire!!!!

Perfume: 1-2 years

Rubbing Alcohol: at least 3 years

Shampoo: 2-3 years

Shaving Cream: 2 years or more

Tooth Whitening Strips: 13 months

Bath oil: One year
Blush/Bronzer: 18 months after first use

12 months after first use
Creme eye shadow
6 months after first use
Creme blush
12 months after first use
Eye and lip pencils
Three to five years. Sharpen them before each use as a way to preserve them and keep them clean.

Hairstyling products
Three to five years. Most are alcohol-based, which helps preserve the formula.

Lipstick and lip gloss
18 months after first use

Liquid eyeliner
3 months after first use

6 months after first use


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